Christensen breaks ranks over ‘unacceptable risk’ of nuclear
DAWSON MP George Christensen has distanced himself from his Federal LNP colleagues' push for Australia to reconsider nuclear power after Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert again urged him to "come clean on the LNP's plans for a nuclear-powered Mackay".
A federal inquiry was established after a group of Coalition MPs, led by Hinkler LNP member Keith Pitt and Queensland LNP senator James McGrath, urged for a probe into whether nuclear could help solve Australia's energy pricing woes.
Mr Christensen has come out in support of Queensland state LNP spokesman for energy, Michael Hart, who spoke out against the nuclear plan in his written submission to the inquiry.
Mr Hart said the Queensland LNP instead supported a greater focus on "energy efficiency measures, along with encouraging investment in renewable energy options like wind and solar".
"I agree with the Shadow Minister Michael Hart," Mr Christensen said.
"Julieanne Gilbert is clutching at straws suggesting there will be a nuclear power plant in Mackay. No one is talking about that.
"I am, however, pushing for a clean coal-fired power plant in Collinsville which will provide cheap power for the north. Julieanne Gilbert opposes coal-fired power."
Mrs Gilbert has praised Mr Hart for taking his stance over the "unacceptable risk of nuclear".
"Finally, Mr Hart has seen the light and listened to what Queenslanders have been saying all along," she said.
"His masters in Canberra want to build nuclear power plants beside our state's internationally iconic coastal tourist attractions.
"Mr Christensen owes it to our community to declare where he sits in the widening rift that is LNP energy policy."
It is not the first time Mrs Gilbert has made claims of a "secret plan" by the LNP for a nuclear power plant in Mackay.
In July, Mr Christensen slammed her "bizare" comments after the Mackay MP said the people of Queensland deserved to know where the LNP would put the "ticking time bomb".
At the time, Mr Christensen said he was not convinced an investigation into nuclear power was necessary.
State Opposition leader Deb Frecklington also said the State LNP did not support nuclear power in Queensland.